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Iowa Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visitation (MIECHV) Program

2017 MIECHV Benchmarks

National MIECHV

  • HRSA National Home Visiting HRSA MIECHV Page
  • ASTHVI Association of State and Tribal Home Visiting (ASTHVI) Page

Welcome To DAISEY!

DAISEY, which stands for Data Application and Integration Solutions for the Early Years, is s shared measurement system designed to help communities see the difference they make in the lives of at-risk children, youth and families. Family support professionals will utilize DAISEY to enter required demographic, quarterly report, and assessment data on the families they serve. Family support programs can then access their aggregated data through interactive intelligence reports that are built into DAISEY. 

DAISEY Iowa Family Support website is your one-stop shop for all things DASIEY! Any new supervisor or staff member should familiarize themselves with this website and its resources. Please visit this website in order to add new staff members to DASIEY, access training materials, sign up for trainings and webinars, and learn more about data entry through the data dictionary and program instructions. 

Continuous Quality Improvement 

Workforce Study

The Workforce Study is a summary of key findings from a statewide survey of Iowa’s family support program employees, sponsored by the Iowa Department of Public Health and conducted by the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice at the University of Iowa. The purpose of the survey is to better understand the family support workforce and the organizational contexts within which family support services are provided with a goal of strengthening the workforce and improving the quality of family support services. The survey is part of a larger research effort to measure changes in the family support workforce and assess the relationship between workforce experiences and family support outcomes.

Iowa Family Support Network

The Iowa Family Support Network (IFSN) is a new website which includes information and referral for Early ACCESS, IDEA Part C services, along with Family Support Services and Group Based Parenting Programs. The IFSN website contains a statewide Resource Directory, Statewide Events, National Resources, and Projects and Research related to early childhood including early intervention. Early ACCESS early intervention service system partnered with the Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visitation (MIECHV) system to create a single, coordinated website. IFSN is the new website that houses these services. - See more at: http://www.iafamilysupportnetwork.org

Institute for the Advancement of Family Support Professionals

The Institute offers Family Support Professionals everywhere the opportunity to learn new skills and grow their careers. Through engaging, online modules and a personalized learning map feature, professionals take charge of their growth and advancement. The Institute is being developed through a Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Innovation Award by building upon previous work of IDPH, Virginia Department of Health, James Madison University and the University of Kansas to enhance professional development across the field. For up to date information, please visit http://institutefsp.org/.


Parentivity, an IDPH initiative, is a web-based community that provides “just right” information when parents need it most. Understanding there are no one-size-fits-all solutions to parenting, we offer personalized content proven to reduce family risks and optimize parenting resourcefulness, family resilience, child growth, and school readiness. Parentivity – a place to ask, learn, and share! Find out more at parentivity.org.

Children at Home Program Transitions to IDPH

IDPH is excited to be able to assist in expanding the Children at Home program from 22 to all 99 counties over the course of the next year. On July 1, 2016, IDPH will assume the administration for the program. IDPH plans to integrate the Children at Home Program into the Iowa Family Support Network. 

There are no changes to Iowa Code or Administrative Rules. IDPH will work to develop set parameters and guidance for state wide rollout.  Prior to July 1, 2016 please refer questions to DHS. We will post updates as they are available on our webpage. We ask for your patience during the transition. Please fill out this survey to stay up to date on the Children at Home Transition. To sign up for more information visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F3M3CQ7.

Iowa Family Support Credentialing Program

Accreditation can be a costly process for family support programs, but it’s an important step in proving your commitment to high quality and best practice. To help programs get there, Iowa created a credentialing process called the Iowa Family Support Credential program. To achieve credentialing, programs utilize the Iowa Family Support Technical Assistance Network (IFSTAN). Coordinated by Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) in partnership with Early Childhood Iowa (ECI) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), IFSTAN links participating programs with technical assistance for guidance through the credentialing process.  Find out more at http://lsiowa.org/index.php/services/credentialing-program/

Title V Home Visiting Needs Assessment

The Title V Home Visiting Needs Assessment was conducted to determine capacity, quality and access to home visiting services in Iowa.

HOPES (Healthy Opportunities for Parents to Experience Success)